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Ponemah man pleads guilty to stabbing another Indian

May 18, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS—Yesterday in federal court in Duluth, a 21-year-old man from the Red Lake Indian Reservation community of Ponemah pleaded guilty to stabbing another Indian man while on the Reservation. Randall Dean Jones pleaded guilty to one count of assault with a dangerous weapon. Jones, who was indicted on March 20, 2012, entered his plea before United States District Court Judge Richard H. Kyle.

In his plea agreement, Jones admitted that on June 18, 2011, he called another man into the road, where he repeatedly stabbed him. According to a law enforcement affidavit filed in the case, police were called to a residence following the assault. There they found the victim, who was taken to a Fargo, North Dakota, hospital to be treated for his wounds. Jones was arrested for the crime.

Jones faces a potential maximum penalty of ten years in prison. Judge Kyle will determine his sentence at a future hearing. This case is the result of an investigation by the Red Lake Tribal Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clifford B. Wardlaw.

Because the Red Lake Indian Reservation is a federal-jurisdiction reservation, some of the
crimes that occur there are investigated by the FBI in conjunction with the Red Lake Tribal
Police Department. Those cases are prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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